You might be a Redneck, if you think fast food is hitting a ‘possum at 65 mph.
“How many hillbillies does it take to eat a ‘possum?
“Two. One to eat, and one to watch for cars.”
Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum, is Germany’s newest animal “sensation” (following Knut the polar bear and Paul the octopus). The celebrity ‘possum already has more than 180,000 Facebook fans ~ and that’s twice the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel! Heidi was moved from a Denmark zoo to Germany, and will be on public display in July.
Last year, Paul the Octopus gained celebrity and international headlines when he correctly predicted the winner in each of Germany’s World Cup soccer matches. Germans are hoping cross-eyed Heidi will also “see” the winners at sports events and delight the world. This funny-looking little creature is going to have a special purpose!
Having a “funny face” isn’t a good thing, said the star of the movie, Black Swan ~ Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis. In fact, she was bullied! [Note: I am not endorsing Kunis, nor her acting or lifestyle, here … just discussing her words about appearance.]
“I had a funny-looking face when I was little,” Kunis told Britain’s OK magazine, quoted by the Daily Mail. “I had like big eyes, big lips, big ears. But when I was little, I was constantly being made fun of for having big eyes, and that was awful. I used to come home crying, ‘Why do I have big eyes?’ And my parents were like, ‘You’re crazy!’
“I’ve learned it wasn’t a bad thing to be picked on,” she said, and says she “grew into her face. But Kunis admits that when she was little, it seemed awful, “like it’s the end of the world.” *
I remembered my own hate for certain body parts as a young girl. It didn’t help that my dad called my size-10 feet “gunboats.” My flat chest, at that time, was described as “an ironing board with two ladybugs.” And those glasses I wore! They weren’t exactly Palin-style designer specs! My teacher, making a “wrong-side-of-the-tracks” example of me in front of my third-grade class, didn’t help, either. It took a long time to overcome the world’s opinion of who I am.
Did you have a body part (or two or three) that you hated, too? Worse, did someone make fun of you or even bully you because of your appearance? Maybe you still struggle.
I think about Mila’s comments. She grew up not appreciating her beauty because of her peers’ words. It’s hard to help children cope with their appearance when they are forming opinions about themselves, oftentimes, based on others’ comments. Parents, be sure to tell your children how much God values their appearance, and that He has a special purpose for them, and even in the way they look.
And if YOU have any vestiges of those old self-depreciating feelings hanging around as an adult, banish them with the truth of God. The most insightful scripture passage about “appearance” is in Psalm 139: 13-16. I love this passage in The Message. Just for fun, take the time to read it … but pause at each period and say, “Amen!”
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
Did you get that? You are God’s wonderful creation. That is the truth. And God’s creation is beautiful and purposeful. But beyond that, physical beauty will never matter more than inner, spiritual beauty. “Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!” (Proverbs 31:30, Amplified).
God never condemns physical beauty or suggests that how we look on the outside doesn’t matter. But He does emphasize that women who put their hope in God and live godly lives are truly beautiful (1 Peter 3:3-5; 1 Timothy 2:9-10). I love Erin Davis’ book, Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves. In it, Erin says, “God sees your beauty and your value. Can you see it, too?” And then she quotes Psalm 45:11: “The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
So Girlfriend, you may not be a knockout. You may not get the world’s praises for your beauty. You may even have Heidi’s crossed eyes! But there is only One person who matters ~ and He says you are gorgeous!